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Cookie Controversy-Soft Sell or Hard Choice?

Some like them soft, moist and chewy. Some like them hard and crispy. And many of us are just wild about cookies, no matter what kind of  texture or consistency.
Although the first cookies were just plain and rigid, modern tastes and baking methods have given way to an assortment of cookie possibilities.

Hard Cookie Choices

Most recipes for the home baker are for the hard varieties, the kind that offer some resistance when you bite into them. And when your teeth do cut through, there is usually a snap, followed by the sound of musical munching. Of course, since these cookies usually have a sturdy constitution, they are excellent for dunking in a favorite beverage like a glass of milk or a cup of tea.

The dough for hard cookies can be rolled out and cut into shapes, rolled to form a log and sliced, or pushed through a cookie press. Since this type of dough is quite firm, it’s relatively clean and easy to work with.

Soft Cookies

When it comes to soft cookies, the dough is more delicate. Its moisture content tends to make it stick to the mixing bowl, spoon, spatula and whatever it contacts. It would be impractical, almost impossible, to use some of the cookie-forming and shaping methods employed in the production of hard cookies for these treats. A gloppy mass of this cookie dough does best when it’s just spooned onto a baking sheet. The less handling, the better the results will be.

The soft quality is usually a result of the high fat content and the type of shortening in the cookie mix. It can also be achieved by adding moist ingredients like peanut butter, chocolate fudge, caramel, crushed cranberries, jam or preserves, or prune butter.

A Happy Medium

For those who want to please all palates, it’s possible to pick a  recipe that produces both firm and flexible cookies. With that type of recipe, the results can be tweaked by adjusting the oven temperature and/or baking time or the thickness of the cookie. Using the same batch of dough, a cook can make thin, crisp chocolate chip cookies and thick, moist ones simply by adjusting the baking time. The result - happy snackers!